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04.04.2013, SCHOTT AG, Hamburg/Mainz (Germany)

HelioJet from SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik qualified for use in aviation

Hamburg/Mainz (Germany), April 4, 2013 – The first joint development between SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik, the cabin lighting solution HelioJet, has now been successfully qualified for installation in aircraft. First installation is expected in an Airbus during summer 2013. This marks yet another important milestone for the two companies on the way to officially launching HelioJet.
The joint development HelioJet from SCHOTT und Lufthansa Technik requires only one-fifth as many light diodes as conventional LED solutions and this, in turn, has a positive effect on reliability, maintenance and costs. Photo: SCHOTT.
The joint development HelioJet from SCHOTT und Lufthansa Technik requires only one-fifth as many light diodes as conventional LED solutions and this, in turn, has a positive effect on reliability, maintenance and costs. Photo: SCHOTT.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that HelioJet has successfully been qualified just in time for the start of the Aircraft Interiors Expo. Now, nothing more stands in the way of installing our lighting solution in aircraft. We look forward to taking orders from our customers,” both Dr. Armin Plichta, Director of Transportation for SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging, and Andrew Muirhead, Director of Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, agree.

“Light plays an important role when it comes to creating an atmosphere on board an aircraft that makes passengers and cabin crew feel comfortable. With HelioJet, we have achieved our objective of developing an innovative lighting solution that offers guests the comfort they appreciate,” Plichta says. Muirhead adds that passengers are not the only ones who will benefit from this new technology: “HelioJet requires only about a fifth as many light diodes as other LED solutions. This has a positive effect on the reliability, maintenance and costs and makes our latest development attractive for all airlines.”

HelioJet is based on an optical light converter at the ends of which two LEDs feed white light. Unlike conventional LED solutions, light is not generated by several connected diodes, but rather evenly mixed in the optical light converter. For this reason, HelioJet shines as homogeneously and brilliantly as a gas-filled fluorescent tube, yet is much more durable and energy-efficient. In addition, the light beam and aperture angle can be adjusted precisely with HelioJet.

All those interested in learning more about the innovative cabin lighting solution HelioJet are invited to pay a visit to the partners SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg at the Aircraft Interiors Expo from April 9 - 11 (booths 6B69 and 6B68). The two companies will be presenting their solutions for creating mood lighting scenarios in passenger cabins at this event.

Product characteristics of SCHOTT® HelioJet:

  • Extremely homogeneous light dispersion

  • Consistently high light stability

  • Low maintenance

  • High MTBF (mean time between failure)

  • The LEDs are exchangeable

  • Environmentally friendly


SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging, a Business Unit of the international technology group SCHOTT AG, has been active in the area of cabin lighting since the early 1990s. Today, its product portfolio includes basic illumination, ambient scenario and seat lighting solutions. Particularly its technological expertise in the field of optical fibers in combination with LED-based light sources gives SCHOTT a competitive edge in this area. Furthermore, SCHOTT is the market leader when it comes to LED-based reading lights that not only meet technical requirements, but also more design-related expectations.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, solar power, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with its high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 different countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

The Lufthansa Technik Group, with its more than 30 subsidiaries and over 26,000 employees all over the world, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik’s portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, as well as engines and components.

Photo ID 165183: Ambient lighting in aircraft cabins: A pleasant environment is created inside passenger cabins with the help of cleverly used ambient lighting. SCHOTT und Lufthansa Technik offer innovative solutions for this exact purpose. Photo: SCHOTT.

Photo ID: 156133: The joint development HelioJet from SCHOTT und Lufthansa Technik requires only one-fifth as many light diodes as conventional LED solutions and this, in turn, has a positive effect on reliability, maintenance and costs. Photo: SCHOTT.

Photo ID 132128: The joint development HelioJet from SCHOTT und Lufthansa Technik emit light evenly on board an aircraft. Photo: SCHOTT These photographs can be downloaded in printable resolution under:
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Media contact:

Lufthansa Technik AG
Corporate Communications
Bernd Habbel
Weg beim Jäger 193
22335 Hamburg, Germany
Phone +49 (0)40 / 5070-3667
Fax +49 (0)40 / 5070-8534
e-mail: innovation@lht.dlh.de
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SCHOTT AG
Marketing Lighting and Imaging
Andreas Uthmann
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55122 Mainz, Germany
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Further information
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55122 Mainz
Germany
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